Earle W. Cummings July 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm I began a career in natural resources at California Department of Fish and Game, working in the wildlife investigations lab in Sacramento, moved into the Environmental Services section of Region 2, then data processing back at the Lab, and then applied for an employee development position that Huey Johnson created when he became the Secretary for Resources. The job was called “Environmental Resource Management Executive Trainee” or ERMET. In that program I took classwork at Sacramento State, and spent 6 months each in a series of positions at the Department of Boating and Waterways, Agency Secretary’s Office, California Water Commission and Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. During that training and development program, I helped organize a “Crane Conference” held at the Oakland Museum of California. I also worked with Starker Leopold to investigate and advise on discontinuing use of Compound 1080 as a rodenticide and predator control chemical. My special memory, though, was when Huey asked me if it would be a good idea to take the last free wild California Condors into a captive breeding program. Based on the rate at which they were dying in the wild, I advised him it might be the only way to get them on the track to recovery. He took my advice (and probably advice from many others) and approved the action. I can report with joy that now, nearly 30 years later, I have seen wild condors at Big Sur, on the coast south of there, and a circling pod of five condors on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Recovery is happening!